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  1. Dd is considering using Holt McDougal High School Science for the Rhetoric Stage of the Trivium. For those who has used Holt McDougal, what did you like/dislike about the curriculum? Is there an online vendor which you would recommend ordering from to obtain the supplies needed for the labs? Thank you!
  2. Thank you for all you, your staff and family do for the homeschooling community at large!
  3. If she is resistant to the suggestion of counseling from you, is there an adult outside of your family who could talk with her? I was resistant tooth and nail, until an adult I respected from outside our family talked with me.
  4. Great question! I did a comparison/contrast with our editions of Exploring American History and American Government. I concur with what John Notgrass posted. Dd will begin Exploring American History for her sophomore year and conclude with American Government her junior year.
  5. Hugs! Dd here was a reluctant writer, so Dh and I decided to use SWB "The Complete Writer" series. https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Writer-Writing-Ease/dp/193333925X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472484322&sr=8-1&keywords=the+complete+writer+2008 Through the instruction SWB provides, Dd has grown from a reluctant writer to a confident writer.
  6. Here is the resource I have utilized, Learning with the Movies. http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/001913
  7. Dd has officially entered the "Rhetoric" stage of the Trivium. It is amazing to see your child grow and mature during your homeschooling journey. Eleven years ago, she was wearing princess clothing/accessories. Now she has mapped out her high school years (With a little help from Mom and Dad.) and is looking towards college. Oh how the time has flown!
  8. Hugs! Been there, done that myself during my academic years. I concur with One Step. Based on the advice from our guidance counselor, my parents relented, and allowed me to see a counselor. The counselor was able to pin point the anxiety issue, which had nothing to do with my academic workload. Dh and I have always encouraged Dd to put forth her best effort. We do not expect perfection, but we do expect her to work hard and persevere.
  9. James and the Giant Peach and Matilda were our family favorites.
  10. The Illustrated Junior Library edition is our family's favorite. http://www.amazon.com/Arabian-Nights-Illustrated-Junior-Library/dp/044806006X
  11. 1. Complete Book of Grammar and Punctuation http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Book-Grammar-Punctuation/dp/0769643329 2. Writing with Ease: Strong Fundamentals http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Writer-Writing-Ease/dp/193333925X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1426774016&sr=8-2&keywords=writing+with+ease+strong+fundamentals 3. Writing with Ease Level 3 http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Writer-Workbook-Writing/dp/1933339306 4. Spelling as outlined in Ruth Beechick's book, "You Can Teach Your Child Successfully." http://www.amazon.com/You-Teach-Your-Child-Successfully/dp/0940319047/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426773792&sr=1-3&keywords=ruth+beechick
  12. "This year our daughter wanted to try a different approach to writing. After twelve weeks of the new curriculum, she had had enough. Lack of logical sequence and writing exercises which allow me to practice the skills I had learned" were her the two major concerns. In the end, she returned to "Writing with Ease: Strong Fundamentals." My husband and I have seen her progress from a "reluctant writer" to a "confident writer" through the use of this curriculum over the past four years. She is looking forward to using Writing with Skill next fall." I wanted to post this to encourage parents here on the WTM Forums. For the most part, Dd does not struggle with school. However, writing is her "Achilles Heel" as it was for her father. WWE has taught her how to logically think through the process of writing. She has gone from being frustrated because "The words are trapped in my mind, but I don't know how to put them on the paper" to "I can do this because I've learned how to think through it."
  13. http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Algebra-Geometry-Grades/dp/0769643302/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426772449&sr=1-1&keywords=complete+book+of+algebra I wrote a review of this resource years ago. It is an excellent introduction to pre-algebra. Sadly, the book has gone out of print, but it can still be purchased online through used book dealers. Here is a link to the resources the publisher has available currently http://www.carsondellosa.com/search-catalog?q=complete%20book%20of%20algebra
  14. Years ago, I taught a class titled, "Learn with the Movies" using this resource http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Movies-Guide-Education-Fun/dp/0975392239 Thank you for posting this resource!
  15. Hugs! I empathize. Been there, done that. I did discover having my favorite flavor of chocolate on hand does help get you through.
  16. Dd has enjoyed Shakespeare just as she has Aesop's Fables. In the earlier years, we didn't focus on the historical time period. However, when Dd reached the "logic stage" we connected the stories to the historical time periods. If you have the opportunity to attend a "live" performance, I highly recommend it.
  17. Dd was introduced to the Bard as a preschooler with Bruce Coville's books. http://www.amazon.com/Midsummer-Nights-Dream-Bruce-Coville/dp/0803717849/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426692410&sr=1-9&keywords=bruce+coville Next came Marsha William's books. http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shakespeare-Marcia-Williams/dp/0763623237/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426692465&sr=1-1-fkmr2&keywords=marsha+ http://www.amazon.com/More-Tales-Shakespeare-Marcia-Williams/dp/0763626937/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y Along with the BBC's "Shakespeare Animated Tales" available for viewing on You Tube. Then came Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shakespeare-Puffin-Classics-Charles/dp/0141321687/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426692650&sr=1-4&keywords=lambs+tales+from+shakespeare Stories from Shakespeare http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Shakespeare-Marchette-Chute/dp/0452010616/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426692709&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=marchette+chut Shakespeare Stories http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Stories-Leon-Garfield/dp/0395861403/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1426692916&sr=8-19&keywords=stories+from+shakespeare http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Stories-II-Leon-Garfield/dp/0395708931/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0NSBR0FPA3QB5EDTRGW8 For viewing the plays, we chose BBC Shakespeare http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bbc%20shakespeare&sprefix=bbc+sha%2Caps Opus Arte http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=opus+arte+shakespeare&sprefix=opus+arte+sha%2Caps%2C174&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aopus+art
  18. Here is what Dh and I mapped out for Dd's logic stage science years. 1. We chose a spine for science which presented the topic/concepts in language a Dd could understand. The spine we chose was Christian Kids Explore Biology, Earth & Space, Chemistry and Physics. I've written reviews of the Biology and Earth & Space curricula. Presently, I'm working on the review for Chemistry. 2. We purchased Magic School Bus Science Kits and Janice Van Cleave's "Science for Every Kid" experiment books. 3. The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (2006 edition), Usborne Science Encyclopedia (2011 edition) and DK Eyewitness selections from the WTM Logic Stage Science added the finishing touches.
  19. I concur with what Farrar posted above. Have you considered doing SOTW for older students as outlined in the WTM? Another option is Beautiful Feet Books, which is a literature based history study. :001_smile:
  20. The cogs and wheels in Dd's brain are getting ready to switch from the logic stage to the rhetoric stage. Originally, we had planned on using Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gray Level. However, after looking through it, the curriculum appears to be a repeat of what Dd covered last year. While perusing through the WTM, I came across The Stewart English Program. Has anyone utilized this resource? What are the pros/cons of it? Thank you! :001_smile:
  21. Hello WTM Families, Here is the final question in the survey.
  22. Hello WTM Families, Here are questions #4 through #6 in the survey.
  23. Hello WTM Families, Here are the first three questions in the survey. Kathy
  24. Hello WTM Families, I am in the process of writing an article about how homeschooling has "changed/evolved" over the last 30 years. I will be posting a series of survey questions on the general education discussion board. If you would be so kind as to assist me with my research, I would be grateful. Thank you! Warm Regards, Kathy
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